The University Record, May 10 , 1999

Commencement 1999

Approximately 6,000 students became Michigan alumni during commencement ceremonies held at Michigan Stadium May 1 and at various locations for other schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus. Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary General, addressed graduating students, emphasizing Michigan’s commitment to diversity and preparation for life in a diverse society.

'Tolerance of those who are different--of their views, their cultures, their beliefs and their ways of life--is a hallmark of human rights around the world,' Annan said. 'It is also, I know, a central pillar of the unique community Michigan has created--one which recognizes the riches that diversity and pluralism can bring to a community of students, no less than to society as a whole.’

You are the future,’ Annan concluded. 'These are your rights, this is your future of diversity, of pluralism and of the promise that our differences can and must be outweighed by our common humanity.' Photo by Bob Kalmbach


The weather cooperated, and outlooks and dispositions were just as sunny during the May 1 commencement ceremonies at Michigan Stadium. In fact, it was difficult for some to contain their exuberance at graduating. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


Ceremonies for students in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies were held in Hill Auditorium April 30. Above, Provost Nancy Cantor (left), commencement speaker Shirley Malcom and President Lee C. Bollinger make their way to the stage at Hill. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


Four honorary degrees were awarded at May 1 commencement ceremonies. The recipients are (from left) Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, honorary doctor of humane letters; Shirley Malcom, director of education and human resources at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, honorary doctor of science; Aharon Barak, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, honorary doctor of laws; and Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary General, honorary doctor of laws. President Lee C. Bollinger is at far right. Photo by Bob Kalmbach